Executive Education Seminars

Monday, July 18

8:45–10:00
(repeated at 10:30 AM)

  • Be True to Yourself: The Practice of Authenticity in Life and Leadership

    We all admire people who live and lead authentically, and yet most of us struggle to operate this way. Why is it so hard to be true to ourselves, even when we dearly want to be that way? What can we do to get there? This session describes five personal leadership principles that are at the heart of authenticity in life and leadership. The more you practice these principles in your life, the more you will fulfill your desire to live and lead authentically. Leave with the tools to put these principles into practice in your personal and professional life.

    Hitendra Wadhwa, Professor of Practice, Columbia University Business School, and Founder, Institute for Personal Leadership

  • Supporting Productive Collaboration: Using Thinking Styles to Build Appreciative Relationships

    This session introduces participants to the NBI Thinking Styles model and provides tools for helping educators think about ways to support effective collaboration and successfully influence colleagues through expanding their communication approach.

    Rachel Ciporen, Coaching Certification Program, Executive Education and Leadership Development, Columbia University

  • Making the Most of Tricky Situations

    Tricky situations challenge our ability to achieve our goals in accord with our individual aims and ethics. For example, what do you do when a prospective donor or manager asks you to do something you disagree with or are not comfortable doing? In these situations our thinking often goes to the extreme responses—do nothing or go nuclear. Neither of these responses are likely to benefit you or your organization. In this session, we will begin with ways to assess your political capital. Knowing how much you have to "spend" will permit you to choose amongst the successful tactics described in this seminar as you confront each tricky situation throughout your career.

    Elizabeth Boyle, Clinical Associate Professor of Management, Stern School of Business, New York University

  • Authenticity: The Key Leadership Success Factor

    Why authenticity? Trust couldn't be any lower. Leaders are experiencing a drastic change in the perception of their expertise. The minefields of public scrutiny in multiple media channels have rocked our senses. As fear rises, the general public is turning to their peers for direction and leadership. Trust in leaders is at rock bottom in almost all industries. A clear way up is through transparency and authenticity. The time of political correctness is over.

    Balancing the truth in an authentic and transparent manner is the challenge; we need to hold ourselves accountable for delivering the truth. Executing communication strategies that directly align our messages with an authentic intent will offer that opportunity to move toward a more collaborative society.

    Susan Stehlik, Clinical Associate Professor of Management Communication, Stern School of Business, New York University

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